The Rights of Way Section is part of Amey Herefordshire, who manage the rights of way network on behalf of Herefordshire Council.
There are approximately 4,400 registered public rights of way in Herefordshire, ranging in length from a few metres to several kilometres. In total there are over 3,400 km [2,113 miles] of rights of way, about the same distance as all the Public Road Network in the County.
The status and location of public rights of way are contained within the definitive map and statement. Rights of way shown on the definitive map and statement are without prejudice to other rights that may exist.
The Rights of Way Section is responsible for the management of the Public Rights of Way Network in Herefordshire.
There are three categories of Rights of Way:
A footpath may be used only for walking.
A bridleway may be used for riding or leading a horse, as well as for walking. Cycling is permitted, providing cyclists give way to riders and pedestrians. Driving a horse-drawn vehicle is not permitted.
A byway open to all traffic (usually called ‘a byway’) is used for walking, riding or leading a horse or cycling. There is also a right of use for any kind of wheeled vehicle, including motor cars and horse-drawn vehicles.
This includes the practical maintenance and improvements of paths such as:
signposting paths where they leave a metalled road
where appropriate, way marking of footpaths, bridleways and byways
maintaining and controlling natural vegetation on the surface of footpaths and bridleways
the provision and maintenance of bridges over natural watercourses and ditches
ensuring that public rights of way are available to use safely and kept unobstructed
ensuring stiles and gates are installed and maintained
investigating reported defects and taking appropriate enforcement or legal action, if necessary, to ensure paths remain open and available
surveying the network to monitor our performance
The Public Rights of Way Section working in partnership with Herefordshire Council are also responsible for the updating and continuous review of all Public Rights of Way which are shown on the Definitive Map. This map may be inspected at the Amey Herefordshire Offices Tel: 01432 261800 for details. Extracts of the Definitive Map are charged at £10.00 for an A4 extract and £20.00 for an A3 extract. The Definitive Map is the official record and most up to date source of information recording the location and status of Public Rights of Way.
The Herefordshire Public Rights of Way Section is committed to protecting and maintaining public rights of way and making the best use of available resources in order to do so.
How to contact us
If you have any problems when using any of the routes please contact us:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Rights of Way Section, Amey Herefordshire, Unit 3, Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford HR2 6JT
By telephone: 01432 261800